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Amazing Banner Drops Following the Student Strike! (english)
06 Mar 2003
Modified: 11 Mar 2003
A small crowd gathered at Copley Square on Wednesday. Police payed no heed, as they obviously had nothing planned. Before the night was out, however, large banners found their ways onto T-Stops, the Statehouse Doors, a public bus, and the wall of the parking garage at Alewife T-station.
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A small crowd gathered at Copley Square on Wednesday. Police payed no heed, as they obviously had nothing planned. Before the night was out, however, large banners found their ways onto T-Stops, the Statehouse Doors, a public bus, and the wall of the parking garage at Alewife T-station.
Neither the rain nor the small turnout dampened spirits at the Copley Square Protest this past Wednesday, following a day of student strikes and moratorium. About 25 students, most members of the People’s Global Action Network, and several from the affinity group “Ninja-Pirates for Peace,” (NPFP) gathered in front of the Copley Square T-stop at around 5:30pm, beating on drums and chanting, “War is a tragedy, not a solution!” and “Exxon, Mobil, BP, Shell, Take your war and go to hell!”
Before leaving Copley Sq., two young men scaled the slippery brick incline and, perching atop the 15 ft. high T-stop, dropped a large banner homemade banner. The 12-foot by 6-foot banner, spray-painted on a pink bed sheet, covered the entirety of an S.U.V. advertisement placed over the T-station’s entrance. The banner read, “$1 Billion Every Day is For War! Why?” and also had the People’s Global Action Network’s website at the bottom: http://pgan.apan.org. The two activists secured the banner in place using duct-tape (naturally) and slid down the incline while reporters from the Boston Globe and Associated Press snapped pictures. One of the activists was later heard to say, “That is the sexiest thing I’ve ever seen.” A PGAN member reported that the banner was still there at around 7:00pm.
No police intervened, or even saw the event, but it caused a slight disturbance among rush-hour motorists in the area, many of whom beeped their horns in support. After admiring their work for a few minutes, the group of 25 exploded onto Boylston Street, keeping tightly packed behind their flagship banner, which decried “NO WAR! The Rich Lie, The Poor Die.” With the banner as “protection,” they blocked the right lane of traffic as they marched towards the Statehouse, beating on drums, chanting, and singing.
A few students fled to the sidewalk when a police cruiser passed, but the majority of the group paid no heed, and the cruiser returned the favor by ignoring the protest. They maintained their hold on the street, and turned left onto the four lanes of road dividing Boston Common. They occupied the leftmost lane as they approached their destination.
Upon arriving at the Statehouse, the entire group stepped beyond the metal barricades to rally on the steps in front of the wrought-iron gate. The same two young men that had executed the banner drop at Copley Sq., joined by a thirteen-year-old girl, jumped the 10 ft. high fence and ran up to the statehouse’s well-lit front door, where they duct-taped a large banner. Once again, they went undetected and made it safely back to the original protest area, where they left a rag with the letters PGAN, hanging from the arch of the gate. A final banner was later attached to the back of a public bus, after hagglers removed it once.
The group dispersed around 8:00pm, but members from NPFP returned to Alewife T-Station. They had one large banner left in their arsenal, and gained access to the roof via the service elevator. With rope, lack of regard for safety, and, of course, duct tape, the group of five hung the twenty-foot banner off the side of the parking garage, facing Route 2. Cars below beeped in response, and the banner was still there as of this morning.

For more information about the People's Global Action Network, go to http://pgan.apan.org
See also:
http://pgan.apan.org
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Pic will be up tomorrow. (english)
06 Mar 2003
Sorry about that guys, I'll get that picture working as soon as possible.
See also:
http://pgan.apan.org
FYI (english)
07 Mar 2003
Pictures (especially big ones like this) take a long time to appear on the site. Many times when you see a broken link it doesn't mean that your picture needs to be re-posted. It usually takes about 10-15 minutes to show up.
Thanks, and help? (english)
07 Mar 2003
Thanks for the tip. Is there any way to make that picture smaller? Unfortunately I don't have photo-shop on my computer, so I couldn't shrink it myself. It's pretty ridiculously large.
Any advice would be appreciated!
See also:
http://pgan.apan.org
RESIZED FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE (english)
11 Mar 2003
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